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An edition of The Forum dedicated to curves in art, in space and in life.

An edition of The Forum dedicated to curves in art, in space and in life.
Joining Quentin Cooper are social philosopher Charles Handy whose latest book The Second Curve suggests how some curved thinking could help point many of us in a new and better direction, artist Shirazeh Houshiary who uses curves extensively in her work and Carlo Rovelli, an expert on quantum loop gravity, author of Seven Brief Lessons in Physics, who tell us that space is curvy.

Photo: The curves of a modern spiral staircase (Tim Allen)

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Charles Handy

Charles Handy is a social philosopher and business commentator. His career started in marketing at Shell International.  He went on to found the London Business School before dedicating his professional life to teaching and writing. In his latest book “The Second Curve” Charles asks whether we should rethink our roles in life, as students, parents, workers and voters, and what the aims of an ideal society of the future should be.

Carlo Rovelli

Carlo Rovelli is an Italian theoretical physicist and writer who’s worked in Italy and the USA, and currently based in France. His work is mainly in the field of quantum gravity, where he is among the founders of the loop quantum gravity theory. He has also worked in the history and philosophy of science.  His latest bestselling book is “Seven Brief Lessons in Physics”.  He believes that curves are central to all science

Shirazeh Houshiary

Shirazeh Houshiary is a Turner prize nominated sculptor and installation artist.  She studied in her native Iran before moving to London and earning a BA from the Chelsea School of Art. She has remained in London ever since.  Shirazeh reveals the secret to creating her unique, warped design of the East window at St Martin-in-the-Fields Church, a landmark tourist attraction and place of worship

60 second idea to change the world

60 second idea to change the world

Social philosopher Charles Handy wants every child in the developing world to have their very own tree. This would be funded by fines imposed on ‘naughty bankers’ and Handy believes could go a long way towards reforesting the planet.

Photo: Shan Pillay


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